Tuesday, June 30, 2009

That's My World Tuesday #37: Hammock House, Beaufort


"A Favorite Haunt"
Beaufort, NC - November 2003 (Click to embiggen)

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In addition to being one of my favorite places on the planet, Beaufort is also the third oldest town in the state of North Carolina (the top two being Bath and Edenton, though I'm unsure which is #1 on the list). As such, there are a lot of old houses in Beaufort, and Hammock House is the oldest. Built c.1709, it is -- as are most of the houses in the historic district -- purported to be haunted. Since it's a still private residence and doesn't hold tours, I can neither confirm nor deny. But if any place in the world were going to be haunted, Hammock House seems like a likely candidate.

The infamous pirate Blackbeard spent quite a bit of time hanging around coastal North Carolina in the early 18th century, and Hammock House is reported to be one of his homes. It's also alleged that he killed one of his wives on the grounds (hanged her in the back yard if memory serves) and it's her restless spirit that reportedly is still (pardon me) hanging around the place. (Really now, after 300 years you'd think she'd get over it.) In more recent years, the house got a fresh coat of paint courtesy of Sears, who used it in a TV ad for their Weatherbeater exterior paint.
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26 comments:

kenju said...

Do you think I could convince Sears to use my house next?

Sylvia K said...

I wonder if I'd have to get hung in order to get Sears to paint our house?? What a beautiful old home though and such a great shot. Always love the history that you include. Here in the northwest, you're lucky to find anything over a 100 years old still standing. I always loved getting to see so much of our early history on visits I've made to the east coast, Savannah, etc. Thanks for a great post, Mojo!

Daryl said...

One day I will learn to read and then when I look at a photo I wont think, I wonder where the hammock is?

Carver said...

What a beautiful old house. I'll have to look for it next time I'm in Beaufort, NC. I also love it there.

itsnotjustapicture said...

great looking historic house...maybe she is looking to off a man to take her revenge...lol

i so need to travel south and visit. only place i have visited and it was years ago was charlotte when my great aunt/uncle lived there and of course charlotte is nothing like then.

Martha Z said...

Beautiful and well cared for old house.

Janie said...

Interesting story about the old house and its possible "haunted" status.

lisaschaos said...

Cool! I wonder what stories that house could tell. :)

SandyCarlson said...

If memory serves?

Dear friend. How old ARE you?

That's a lovely spot to hang around for eternity. Can't really blame the wench.

Ishtar said...

A charming place with lots of character!

Guy D said...

What a beautiful home, great pic.

Have a fantastic week
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Babooshka said...

Pirates, myths, legends, haunted houses. You really know how to get me hooked. Loved the "think she'd get over it line." You have to be the mst prolific blogger, no writer I have ever virtually met. I can't keep up.

Barb said...

Hi Mojo,
I think I see Blackbeard's lady in the upstairs dormer!
PS Hope you post a new picture of that Lady Liberty statue soon - I'm still remembering it!

Wren said...

"Get over it?" She's going to be dead a long, long time - what's the rush??? :)

Lovely home. I can imagine sitting on the porch with a fan and a mint julep.

Paul Godin said...

Wonder if there is buried treasure...

Baruch said...

Mmmm, now that was hauntingly interesting

Island Rambles Blog said...

I love the old haunted mansion and the history of it.... All the posts for My World are so unusual and interesting all around the globe.

magiceye said...

incredible stories of a quaint house in an idyllic place! beautifully photographed and presented

Arija said...

Ah for the good old days of yore when you could still string someone up in your own back yard!
If she's still 'hanging' (your word, not mine) around around the back, you could maybe check her out some moonless night...the worst that can happen is you might get arrested for peeping or loitering with intent, but hey, a small price to pay for laying a ghost.
A beautiful shot of a grand old house.

Shadow said...

that house looks too neat. to be haunted OR for a pirate to have frequented....

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Loved learning a little more about my home state!

Snap said...

I love old homes and ghost stories. Two for the price of one! Thanks!

Brit Gal Sarah said...

What a great history, but it just doesn't look 300 yrs old, when I compare it to 300 yr old homes in England! Maybe it's that new coat of paint!

Vita Stunder said...

Even BEFORE I started to read your text....
The first thing I felt was
- this is a house there spirits are upset.

A house who is haunted.

Then I read your text.
I wasn't surprised at all.

I can tell you more if you want to :)

aguthrieimages said...

How cool is this? The history was great to go along, Black Beard? WOW! the house its self is quite lovely as well.
http://www.moorebloglife.com/2009/06/30/thats-my-world-tuesday/

aguthrieimages said...

How cool is this? The history was great to go along, Black Beard? WOW! the house its self is quite lovely as well.
http://www.moorebloglife.com/2009/06/30/thats-my-world-tuesday/